Monday, June 21, 2010

VX - choke reloc

I did away with the nice stock controls that had the integrated choke pull assembly. Man was that slick. I had already bought a new left hand controls when I realized I should have bought a replacement from an SV or something with stock choke control at the handlebar. Well, I wanted this bike to be different... :)

Spent a few hours on Sunday making this cable up from a choke pull off a Honda model I can't remember.

And it's new location? Close to the radiator cap, tucked in and barely sticking out.
Front view:

I realized why I was having such difficult with my wiring, electronics, coils etc:

Jeez, maybe because I'm trying to slam a bikes worth of crap into a space 2.5 inches tall! From the bottom of the top frame tube to about an inch above the top of the top frame tube is where lives all the crap you don't want to see. I tried damn hard to make this clean and tidy but there are just too many things in too small a place for that. Good thing it's all hidden.

Here's an action shot of my new computer and indicator lights. I turned on as many as I could for the shot.

Finished up my clutch linkage and footpegs:
Now all that's left is welding the tank and rear tail section. I've got to deal with brake lights, signals and plate mount, but I'm not too concerned with this. Should take a day or so. It's the tank that's holding me back right now. It's 85% done and I'm working of fitment of the new side panels.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

RT-3 Stuff

Spent the entire day working on bikes and my Jeep. Not a bad sunday. Here's some progress pics and for sale pics. I want some of this old Yammy stuff out of my garage.

I'm liking this bike more and more every day.

Rear brake installed.

5'x3' K&N filter
Engine Guard FOR SALE:
IRC Trials GP-1 4.10x18 and 3.00x21 FOR SALE:

2 Preston Petty front fenders FOR SALE. One is new in original wrapping.

Stock '73 RT-3 airbox FOR SALE:

Monday, June 14, 2010

RT-3 headlight brackets

Made some new headlight brackets to change the mount and look of the stock ears. 20ga 316 stainless using only basic hand tools. I started looking online for mounts, then decided they were well within my reach. Simple pinch type fork clamp. Made the ID about 1.5mm smaller than the 34mm tubes so they get serious clamping action. To make them less visible on the fork tube, I buffed them out to a decent shine. Minimal impact here.

You can see my finished tank here as well. Rough yet finished. Old yet new.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yamaha RT-3 pics

I've decided to step it up a bit in the blog department and inject my love of photography into my love of motorcycles.

Progress on the 1973 RT 360. Lot's and lots of work has been taking place.

Final coat on black and white custom 360 lettering for the tank -

Stripped, sanded, polished, clear-coated for protection (Permalac) -
Painted and handmade seal for gas cap -

Rebuilt and painted front rim and hub sporting stainless spokes and an Avon Roadrider 90/90/18 -

Rebuilt and painted rear rim, brake, hub sporting stainless spokes and Avon Roadrider 110/90/18 -
Stripped, blasted, rebuilt carb and new Boyesen dual stage reeds and 5' x 3' K&N filter -

RT-3 tank painting

Been working on the RT.